BIKE - 538mi / 865km
ACTIVITIES - 21
PR's - 4
HOURS - 45
Days Off The Bike - 10
So fortunate to have this functioning connective River Trail System and very well used by other cyclist, roller blade racers, wheel chair folks, random tandem bikes, and various couples out for a journey through the Valley. We all ride through golden colors of bliss. YES
This was a very special moment. I rode past this spot and witnessed this handsome Bald Eagle spreading its wings as it swooped in for a landing on that dead Cottonwood tree. So I spun back around to capture this beautiful sight. Just as I hit that red button on my iPhone, a friend from long ago rang. Stoked
The only good news out of this disastrous virus was the opportunity for a ZOOM funeral. If Den would have passed in 2019, All I could say to Rob is that I am thinking of you or other BS statements from this side of the world. But with COVID, the Australian funeral home streamed the whole service and I did feel apart of the ceremony. Without that technology, would have never seen the slide show photos of Dennis from his childhood, would have missed out on all the stories his friends, mates, and co-worked shared, and would have felt really disconnected.
Here are some before and after shots of the wonderful outdoor work I was doing before the winter blast hit. I made a quick pit stop before McClure Pass to stretch the low back and shake the legs out. If I didn't stop, would never have seen Team Bambi strolling across the road.
The forecast for my day, the below photo is task at hand with a weed eater. But before that sucker fired to life, such a peaceful location. I firmly believe that Aspen Trees communicate through their root system, just like James Cameron's movie Avatar. The largest grove of living Aspens are right here in Colorado. Something special about simply standing quietly amongst these living beauties and breathing in the fresh mountain air.
And afterwards. My job for the day was cutting a path from the main road to this watering hole. The path was actually a road from way back when thats been barricaded for decades to any thought 4x4 action. With the right tunes dancing through my earbuds and short safety meetings, cleaned up rather nicely.
So my day was basically making a medium high pass and following that up with a ground level pass. And of course, its my MO, I worked the road like munching down on a summer time sweet corn on a cob. The job took me all afternoon but I didn't care. Yes, could think of a hundred things that I would rather be doing but work is work and thats way its called WORK.
And after a camp stove dinner of noodles, mixed with homemade sauce, fresh streamed broccoli and cauliflower, and a killer organic baby mix salad, I was treated to this sunset. Something about thin air sunsets. The three planets of Venus, Mars, and Saturn popped up first. Then, stars like you couldn't imagine. The Milky Way didn't appear until well after midnight but that gassy cloud was stupendous and astounding all at the same time. When you're gazing up, your mind begins to activate with all kinds of creative avenues. Love That!! What to paint next, landscaping projects, where to ride in 2021. You Know, Night Dreaming
And the harvest before the storm!! Roasting these beauties and then quickly into an ice bath they go. They are then frozen until later this winter. So looking forward to munching down on these guys around New Years. Loads of harvesting and timing just as the brutal winter weather blast hit. Made It, But Damn
The week leading up to the storm , winterizing swamp coolers, disconnecting hoses, and pulling in all the house plants from patios, walkways, and front steps. Believe me, I was dead on wrong this storm. The local meteorologist have been miss forecasting storms for years now and boldly stated the Grand Valley was in for 6-8inches of snow. Me, sure!?!? More like two inches of rain at most was my prediction. So Wrong
They did however miss inform us about the moisture content associated with this front. I only recorded 3.75 inches of snow but it was a very wet snow that fell. Shoveling sidewalks and driveways took a little effort on my part. I have perviously shoveled out a number of older neighbors just because but this time around, passed on two houses. They had put up their Trump flags and Trump Sh*t in September and I happily just walked on by with my shovel.
After a few brews, swapped out my wet boots for my dry pair and started walking. There is something about the crunching sound of fresh Pow Pow under my boot steps. The air is so still after a storm rolls through and a true sense of peace hovered over my walk-a-bout. So Dig That
The above photo was shot at 7:11pm and its pretty dark out here in Colorado by then. Our light pollution is unreal!! Ended up taking myself out for another walk around 10pm or so because the streets were so well illuminated. I walked right down the middle of the street like I used to do with The Boy Dog.
While walking, loads of branches were breaking off because of the weight from all the wet snow adding up. A crack of a limb creates a very distinct sound. There are two full size pick up trucks under that branch in the above photo. At one point, a tree limb from an Elm Tree snapped and crashed down to Mother Earth just ahead of me. The "dust" cloud of snow reminded me of clips from a Loney Tune cartoon. You know, when Wile E. Coyote would fall off a cliff after chasing the elusive road runner. So Cool
Well, Halloween Eve shenanigans actually. Our Dr Seuss plans were tossed out the window and I am passing on that Caveman / Cavewomen outing tonight. Last night however, totally righteous!!
The oldest niece just moved into a really sweet house and hosted a gathering of friends and family for a mini Halloween Eve. I wasn't all that fired up and obviously skeptical with COVID and unknowns but was talked into it. Our plan was to make an appearance and if it was a sitting around the living room style of party, we would split. Another Field Trip
And here is my Blue Moon offering for tonight. Fresh spring water from the mountain spring I stumbled upon and wrote about on September 3rd and topped the mason jar off with a crystal for extra good juju. Serious Blessings Here
- Smile With My Heart
- Adding Heavier Weight To The Routine
- Be Present
- Climb Like There Is No Tomorrow
- Say Something Nice For No Reason At All